Digital Development in Korea: Lessons for a Sustainable World

2nd Edition

Myung Oh, James F. Larson

August 15, 2019 Forthcoming
Reference - 224 Pages - 27 B/W Illustrations
ISBN 9780367076917 - CAT# K405818
Series: Routledge Advances in Korean Studies


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Digital Development in Korea explores the central role of digital information and communication technology in South Korea. Analysing the role of ICT in green growth and sustainability, this new edition also demonstrates how concerns over public safety and the Olympic Games, are shaping next generation digital networks.

Presenting a network-centric perspective to contextualize digital development politically, economically and socially, and in relation to globalization, urbanization and sustainability, this book builds on firsthand experience to explain the formulation and implementation of key policy decisions. It describes the revolutionary changes of the 1980s, including privatization and color television and the thorough restructuring that created a telecommunications sector. It then goes on to explore the roles of government leadership, international development and education in affecting the diffusion of broadband mobile communication, before weighing up the positive and negative aspects of Korea’s vibrant new digital media.

Seeking to identify aspects of the Korean experience from which developing countries around the world could benefit, this book will be of interest to students, scholars and policymakers interested in communications technologies, Korean Studies and Developmental Studies.

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